REVIEW: The Ting Tings
June 10, 2008 § 2 Comments
Anybody who knows me knows I love a British band. Just look through my iPhone – more than half of the bands up in there are from the other side of the pond: Hard-Fi, The Rakes, Patrick Wolf, Mark Ronson, Arctic Monkeys, Klaxons. And now, The Ting Tings.
The U.K.’s newest export of indie pop is front-lined by this blond chick (Katie White) who’s got a funky sense of style, and this random other guy who might as well remain nameless (Jules De Martino). TTT is a band that comes packed with a lot of hype, having had a song featured in an iPod commercial and another on the illustrious Gossip Girl and all.
OK, OK. So erebody likes their two songs. But what of the rest of the album?
I’m here to tell you that their debut “We Started Nothing” is boring. 😦 It’s sloppily put together. It shakes too quickly between ballads, dance songs and songs that sound the same. I know that an album is supposed to have balance – you know, a fast song, a slow song, a sing-songy song, coupled with more fast songs. But you know what? If you can’t sing, why poison your listeners? I’ve got nothing against singers. But if you can’t do it, don’t.
After listening to more than one song, you get the idea that TTT is just another “simply-add-water”, readymade ‘hipster’ band. There’s nothing really new about them. Not. A. Single. Thing. Canned beats? Check. Ironic/kooky outfits? Check. Poloroid snapshots? Check check check!
If you like TTT’s funk and spunk, check out The Noisettes.
Even though TTT’s album is poorly put together; and besides the fact that most of their songs sound exactly like the song before it; and forgiving that the little blond bitch who can’t sing, I like TTT. They’re hip, fun, catchy. But maybe they’ll be more inspired on their next album.
1) Great DJ
2) That’s Not My Name (obvi)
3) Fruit Machine
5) Shut Up and Let Me Go
10) We Started Nothing